SPARTANBURG, SC - February 22nd, 2018 - Chapman Cultural Center hosted a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) workshop on Tuesday, February 13th. Robin Hindsman Stacia, Psy.D, Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource, facilitated the convening of Chapman Cultural Center's board of trustees, staff, and various leaders from local arts/cultural organization at the center.
The workshop, "Forecasting the Future: Using our Values to Embrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion" covered research and provided tools that were designed to include proactive ways to include diversity, equity, and inclusion through many cultural organizations in Spartanburg.
Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center said, "Our mission is to provide Cultural Leadership and it is important to strengthening our organization and the entire cultural sector through workshops and training."
Stacia guided the participants through research and best practices followed by a discussion of issues and constructs such as Implicit Bias and its implications. Small group discussions encouraged examining organizational values alignment with DEI and a discussion about 21st Century strategies including the Americans for the Arts statement on Cultural Equity. The training session was interactive and assisted arts and cultural leaders in addressing DEI in their leadership roles and their organization's mission and strategies.
Ann Waters, Director of Operations for Hub City Writers Project said, "The workshop was inspiring, provocative, and frank. It provided a terrific forum for Spartanburg's arts organizations to gather and share our challenges and successes. I hope it is the first of many conversations we will have about better serving our community by acknowledging our own inherent biases and working to eliminate them. The arts are a celebration of all humanity and everyone, especially children, should feel welcome to take part in that celebration, whether as an artist or member of the audience."
Evins concluded, "Our mission calls us to serve all of Spartanburg's citizens and if we have policies and procedures that prevent any of our citizens from experiencing the arts, science and history, then we need to be aware of them and work diligently to improve our practices."
For more information about this event, please call (864) 542-ARTS